Lil Wayne is “Highly Focused” on Tha Carter IV, David Banner Says

Lil Wayne once titled a track after Kobe Bryant. He’s now drawing comparisons to the NBA superstar. David Banner, who spun Tha Carter III standout “La La,” described the Young Money star to XXLMag.com as “highly focused,” right now on his follow up album.

“Wayne is like Kobe Bryant right now,” Banner told XXL. “You know, as Kobe gets older all he cares about is championships. Wayne is in that zone. He’s highly focused and very sharp right now.”

Young Money General Mack Maine told XXLMag.com yesterday (January 27) that Wayne is almost finished with the eagerly awaited Carter IV LP. “I was in the studio all night workin’ on this Carter IV,” he told XXL. “We got David Banner coming in tonight, so hopefully he’ll come with somethin’. We try to make sure — he kind of makes every album. He made Tha Carter III, and made [We Are Young Money].”

The Mississippi sound architect wouldn’t confirm his collaboration with Weezy last night.

Aside from Banner, other producers reportedly on board for Tha Carter IV include Swizz Beatz, Detail, Boi-1da, and Kanye West. Carter IV is tentatively slated for April 2011. — Henry Adaso

  • Swagger_Geek

    WEEEEZYYYYY!!! Im so hyped for this album. Lil Wayne is tha best rapper alive…BUT I CANT WAIT UNTIL APRIL!!! RELEASE IT IN FEBRUARY OR MARCH

  • Shakespeare

    I DONT GET WHAT THE BIG DEAL WITH THIS DUDE IS? EVERYONE KEEPS ACTING LIKE THA CARTER 4 IS REALLY GOING TO MATTER OR THAT HE HASNT PUT OUT ALBUMS SINCE THEN? THE DUDE HAS FALLEN OFF THE MAP, REBIRTH AND THAT I AM STILL HUMAN GARBAGE HAVE BOTH BEEN RELEASE AND BARELY WENT GOLD! IS THE HIP-HOP CULTURE SO LOW THIS IS WHAT WE GOT TO HYPE UP?! I WOULD BE MORE EXCITED ABOUT A JAY-Z/KANYE WEST COLLABORATION THAN THIS SHIT!

    • colton

      wayne knew alot of people wouldnt be feeling rebirth and inahb was filled with leftover tracks. tha carter’s are his “real” albums if you will

    • Shawty J

      Rebirth was an experimental side project, we all knew that was going to fail. I Am Not A Human Being wasn’t a full album, it was an EP and was full of leftover songs that his manager put together. Wayne was barely involved with the creation of it.

      The reason why people are looking forward to Tha Carter IV is because it’s going to be his first “real” album in several years.

    • ffff

      nigga shut yo bitch ass up…….u either white or old so yo opinion dont matter bruh

    • cruza

      wadup Mr fool shakespeare dude rebirth nd i am nt a human wer a real album bra… carter 4 z da real deal its sumthn u gonna be bouncin to

  • yadig

    Shawty J, you said it

  • king t

    yo i think wayne and jeezy should work on a song for there albums yo it ain’t been years wayne put out c 3 in 08 i would love to see jeezy work with david banner on tm 103 album kayne swizz beats just blaze timbo and lex luger shawty reed mannie fresh pharrell jake on alex da kid dj toomp scott storch the street runners and cool and dre on wayne c4 album and jeezy tm 103 album.

  • king t

    i would love to see jeezy work with bo 1 on tm 103 album and cool and dre and lex luger shawty reed mannie fresh pharrell jake on tm 103 album and usda album and jeezy do that song call i do with jayz 3000 on tm 103 album and get some beats from scott storch for tm 103 album wayne going to do his thing on this album.

  • king t

    yo would love to see wayne and jeezy work with dj premier on they albums.

  • mutada mullah atari

    ^ Who the fuck wants to hear them rapping over washed, sample chops and NY boom bap drums from 93? lol

    Naw, that would be pretty dope.

  • Chris Breezy

    Carter 4 selling another milli ppl so april wayne gone do it again

  • casper662

    Wayne is the G.O.A.T.

    • QBall

      NO way in hell, he is good but thats it.

  • d.

    Wayne kissed Baby in the mouth.

    • dockevoc

      That’s cuz he’s a fuccking fagggott

  • Teezey

    Ayy fuk wat ya heard niggas that Lil tunechi mixtape and the return of nino brown go fed real shit.

  • kingt

    yo wayne not the king hip hop he just jayz kayne album going to sell a lot to jeezy album going to be hot to game album to a lot of good albums coming out this year hiphop need that shit for hiphop now im get all them albums this year rip to 2pac king and biggie king i love to niggas real mc and niggas nas need come out with a new album this year to for hip hop.

  • SAIGON

    GOOD.

  • David Planter

    David Banner sucks.

  • king t

    yo i think ross having jeezy back ball at dejam so he can come up but jeezy still going to sell more albums then cop the fat piggy boss ross is defjam slave jeezy work with lex luger and swizz beats just blaze.

  • EL

    wayne the G.O.A.T??? fuck outta here!!

  • 901 REPPA

    Shout out 2 Weezy but that boy Yo Gotti been going extra hard!!! 1 of da hottest ritenow…. a lot of these rappers aint even on the same level as dude! But thats just my opinion….MEMPHIS10 ALLDAY

  • mav

    carter 3 was garbage…hopefully this one will be better

  • http://www.dynamicproducer.com dynamicwayne

    Can’t wait for this to drop!

  • Shakespeare

    Mark my words you cash-money hoes, tha carter 4 will barely sale 1 million copies! & it’s sad when you got a whole roster of MC’s on your label and the only decent one is a female, the only good thing to ever come from the south was Outkast and Bun B+Pimp C! + fuck an MC who don’t got love for NY, it’s the ROC!